NORTH WALES CRUSADERS made it two wins on the bounce with a resolute display to clinch a 12-10 victory at Doncaster.

The visitors had to defend large spells of pressure on their own line, particularly in the first-half, but they stood up to the task excellently.

Despite losing Dante Morley-Samuels early on and having to switch the side around because of a couple of concussion assessments, Crusaders executed the perfect game plan and thoroughly deserved the two points.

Crusaders started the match brightly and took the lead when the shifted the ball towards the left flank for Earl Hurst to force his way over in the corner.

The visitors had another opportunity soon after as Steve Roper drilled a neat grubber kick into the in-goal area, but Kenny Baker couldn’t quite latch on to it as the ball rolled dead.

Doncaster piled on the pressure for the next ten minutes or so, only to be repeatedly held out by a stubborn North Wales defence.

Anthony Murray’s men then crossed for another try as Karl Ashall grounded Roper’s kick, but it was chalked off for offside.

However, the hosts drew level when Crusaders allowed a high kick to bounce, Watson Boas broke through the heart of the defence and grubbered into the corner for Jason Tali to cross.

North Wales started the second-half well and Rob Massam had an effort ruled out, stepping into touch after fending off two tackles.

They didn’t make the same mistake when they next had a decent opportunity, though, as Brad Brennan hit a good line and managed to offload out to Baker, who dived over underneath the sticks.

But Doncaster came up with an instant response, with Jordan Howden breaking on halfway and knocking off a couple of tackles on his way to the line.

However, Crusaders edged themselves ahead as Ben Stead kicked a penalty goal in front of the sticks.

The Dons threw everything at their visitors late on, but the defensive effort was as outstanding as it had been throughout the match.

Alex Thompson very nearly put North Wales out of sight, only to be halted inches short of the line down the right flank, as the visitors held on.